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A Dayang on Kilimanjoro

Kilimanjaro contains an example of virtually every ecosystem on earth – glacier, snowfields, deserts, alpine moorland, savannah, and tropical jungle, all of which found on the mountain.  The city of Moshi is just over 30 km from the summit, and is the most common pre and post-trip base for climbers.

Dayang Norhayati Abu Bakar was awarded for being the first woman explorer in Brunei. Her achievements include being the first Bruneian to travel across 13 countries or 21,000km from Europe, Middle East to North Africa in a 4WD in 1999.

In 2001, she led a team of five Bruneian women to conquer Mt Kilimanjaro in Africa, thus making them the first Asian women team to successfully climb the world’s highest volcanic mountain.The bold expedition led by Norhayati herself, whom together with four others succeeded to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro on January 1, 2001.

“It will be the first expedition in the world, the first involving Bruneian women and the first involving Muslim women,” said Norhayati who had climbed Mt. Kinabalu 38 times and was an eco-tourism guide who brings tourists as far as Palawan in the Philippine and around Borneo.

“This expedition will show that Bruneian women are capable of meeting challenges. I have chosen the potential candidates. But it does not mean that they will be automatically selected as they willundergo mental, physical exercise and training and undergo medical tests to be conducted by the country’s sports medical centre. It is not going to a luxury expedition as most of the time we will sleep inside the four wheel drive vehicle,” she said.

In May 2008, Norhayati and husband returned to Brunei after their flawless epic journey of 52.000km, solo overland. Traversing 37 countries on their way from Cape Town, South Africa via Europe to Brunei Darussalam.

Her latest conquest named ” Bringing Brunei to the World” was a 13-month expedition with her husband in their 4WD – Austria (Klagenfurt) – Slovenia – Croatia – Bosnia-Herzegovina – Italy (ferry crossing) – Greece (ferry crossing) – Turkey – Syria – Jordan – Saudi Arabia – Yemen / Aden – Oman – Dubai (ferry crossing) – Iran – Pakistan – India – Nepal – Bhutan – Myanmar – Thailand – Laos – Vietnam – Cambodia – Thailand – Malaysia (ferry crossing) – Malaysia (Kuching, Sarawak).

Norhayati, Hjh Norimah Damit, Faridah Japang, Nona Elis Mohd Hassan and Jenny Tan Feng Ling on the top of Mt Kilimanjaro.

“Bringing Brunei to the World” was a very appropriate name for this Expedition. Very few people in the countries  visited did not know much about Brunei Darussalam. Most would probably be unable to identify it on a world map – they may even confuse the country with similar-sounding nations, Bahrain and Bhutan.  Norhayati literally flew the flag of  Brunei as she shares her pride in being a Bruneian with the thousands of people she met en route.

She is an entrepreneur who has established DDL Tours Company Sdn Bhd since 1990 and is also the Secretary of Brunei’s Women Business Council, as well as the Secretary of Information for Brunei Malay Chamber of Commerce and Industry. – Borneo Bulletin (20th August 2008)

Facts on Kilimanjoro

Mount Kilimanjaro is situated entirely within the borders of Tanzania, although it is situated close to the border of Kenya.    Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa.  It is situated 3 degrees, or about 340 km, south of the Equator.  Kilimanjaro comprises three distinct volcanic cones:

Kibo 19,340 feet (5,895 meters)

Mawenzi 16,896 feet (5,149 meters)

Shira 13,000 feet (3,962 meters)

Most of the area Kilimanjaro is defined by the Kilimanjaro National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

There are five common routes used to climb Kilimanjaro:

Marangu Route

Machame Route

Rongai Route

Lemosho Route

Mweka Route (usually for descend)

Shira was first volcano to become extinct, followed by Mawenzi. Kibo remains active as a dormant active volcano. A strong smell of sulphur still emanates from the inner ash pit.  In 1889, German geographer Hans Meyer and Austrian mountain climber Ludwig Purtscheller were the first to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro.   There are many disputed theories on the origin of the name, so it remains a mystery.

While Kilimanjaro obviously doesn’t have the highest elevation of any mountain in the world, it is the tallest freestanding mountain rise in the world, rising 15,100 feet (4,600 meters) from its base.  Around 25,000 people per year attempt to summit the top of Africa.  Uhuru peak is the highest summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. The highest peak on Mawenzi is Hans Meyer Point, which can only be reached by mountaineers.

Kilimanjaro contains an example of virtually every ecosystem on earth – glacier, snowfields, deserts, alpine moorland, savannah, and tropical jungle, all of which found on the mountain.  The city of Moshi is just over 30 km from the summit, and is the most common pre and post-trip base for climbers.

Sources

Sultanate News

Over the Horizon

Mt Kilimanjoro Facts

GM: Now being a Malay totally dude … I am….so….so  envious of you Dayang (dengki lar tu… just kidding) wish you were here, and Peacebuy was there…BUT frankly you had brought my pride with you at the top of Africa! By the way this comment was from Peacebuy not GM..it should be stated like this…

Peacebuy: Now being a  Malay totally… I am….so….so  proud of you Dayang (bodek lar tu… sonyap lahh!!) wish you were here, and Peacebuy was there…BUT frankly you had brought my pride with you at the top of Africa!  GO GIRLZ MAKE HISTORY HERS….AGAIN!!!

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